Jamie Foxx defends his US national anthem performance at Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Musician and actor performed before boxing match in Las Vegas on May 2

Jamie Foxx has told those who criticised his rendition of the US national anthem at the recent Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to “calm down” and blamed technical difficulties for the performance.

Foxx performed the anthem directly before the fight but was criticised heavily on social media for his vocal performance. The actor and musician will talk about the moment in an upcoming episode of Access Hollywood with a preview clip obtained by Billboard showing some of his thoughts.

“First of all, everybody calm down,” Foxx said. “We had a little bit of a situation with our ear pieces. The [ear] pack actually dropped off, so I couldn’t, you know… I can’t hear what’s playing, so I just had to go on my own. Hopefully they understand. It’s just the national anthem.”

“I think a little bit was just people wanted to have something to talk about,” he added. “But everything’s cool and the national anthem will be on my album and I’m gonna do whatever the hell I want to.”

Foxx reiterated his claims in a separate interview on Ellen, telling host Ellen DeGeneres that: “I can’t hear what the organ is doing with the big crowd. So some of it was a little off, but in the arena it killed. The telecast was a little off.”

Welterweight boxer Mayweather defeated Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.